Dr. Chris Goeschel is the Assistant Vice President for Quality at MedStar Health. Her responsibilities include oversight and leadership for clinical quality measurement and improvement. She is also an Associate faculty in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she teaches a required course in the Master of Hospital Administration program.
Dr. Goeschel is a frequent speaker both nationally and internationally, with a particular interest in cultivating clinical and administrative leadership to improve the science of health care delivery. Her doctoral dissertation explored the relationship between hospital boards of trustees and quality and safety performance. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
Dr. Goeschel has significant and diverse health care leadership experience: as a critical care nurse, a hospital executive, as founder and first executive for the Keystone Center for Patient Safety and Quality at the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, and as an implementation scientist/quality and patient safety researcher. She was the Michigan PI on groundbreaking research to reduce bloodstream infections in intensive care units in Michigan from 2003-2005, (“Keystone ICU”). She then left Michigan and from 2006-2013 served as an assistant professor in the schools of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing at Johns Hopkins and as a member of the quality and safety research team led by Dr Peter Pronovost. She has contributed to large scale improvement projects in Spain, England, and Peru and to an AHRQ-funded initiative that spread the bloodstream infection reduction program to every state in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. She left Johns Hopkins to join MedStar Health in 2013.
In addition to her doctor of science in Health System Management, Dr. Goeschel earned two masters degrees ~ one in Public Administration and another in Pastoral Studies. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Patient Safety Center, was an examiner for the U.S.National Baldrige Performance Excellence Program in 2013 and 2014, and served on the National Quality Forum national steering committee for Hospital Associated Conditions, as well as on an NQF expert panel examining linkages between cost and quality of care. Dr.Goeschel has published more than 70 articles and several book chapters related to quality and patient safety and the measurement and evaluation of safety efforts. She was a member of the 2013-2015 Institute of Medicine Committee (new name: National Academies of Medicine, Science and Engineering “NAM”) that released a 364 page report “Improving Health Care Diagnosis” as part of the IOM Crossing the Quality Chasm series. In addition to her MedStar responsibilities, she currently serves on the board of a multi hospital healthcare system in Michigan, chairs the Vizient Chief Quality Officers Steering Committee, is on the advisory panel for a national diagnostic error collaborative sponsored by the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the Society for Improving Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) , is a member of the National Collaborative Partnership Shared Decision Making Action Team and is PI on the MedStar AHRQ ACTION III contract.